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Hospital art gallery tends patient needs

LASTING TRIBUTE: Richard Jux office manager of the Lismore Base Hospital oncology unit and artist Jim Hourigan, with the latest paintings in the foyer of the cancer unit.
LASTING TRIBUTE: Richard Jux office manager of the Lismore Base Hospital oncology unit and artist Jim Hourigan, with the latest paintings in the foyer of the cancer unit. Doug Eaton

FOR the past 18 months Jim Hourigan has been coordinating an art exhibition in the foyer of the North Coast Cancer Institute, at Lismore Base Hospital.

The exhibition raises money to buy goods and services for cancer patients, but Jim says it also provides a welcoming environment in a place where people are often stressed or anxious.

About 60-70 artists have contributed to the ongoing exhibition and Mr Hourigan is currently looking for a new crop of artists.

They can either sell work, with a 30% commission going to the cancer centre, or donate it.

"We're looking for new paintings all the time," he said.

Mr Hourigan said it has become possibly the busiest gallery in northern NSW.

"We've got a captive audience. Most people don't go to galleries, but everybody who comes here looks at the art. ," he said.

Mr Hourigan is a Yamba-based artist whose wife was a patient at the clinic. He started the exhibition because the staff had been so fantastic to them and he wanted to help.

Topics:  art lismore base hospital north coast cancer institute



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